In 1996, Marius du Plessis made a career change and started working at a medium sized tour company in Meadow Ridge, Cape Town. He qualified as a tour guide and was soon on his way to become a top guide.
A year later he joined a big tour operator specialising in day tours and charters. It has always been his dream of running his own business and in 2007 he purchased his first touring vehicle, a Mercedes Vito while still guiding full time. Renting his vehicle to the movie industry he realised the potential, so in 2010 he went on his own, and what a year it would prove to be with the 2010 FIFA World Cup being hosted in Cape Town.
The next big step came when he purchased two more vehicles and started creating a corporate identity. He was joined by Warren Walker in 2012 who pioneered the office automation and our first website. During this period his brother, Andre du Plessis also assisted him greatly with the running of his business and eventually qualified and became a respected tourist guide.
The latest addition to the growing African Hoopoe Tours family is Rolinda Schultz, adding a much needed marketing string to our bow. She has completed her studies in marketing and tourism and with her positive energy is a huge asset to us all.
Lastly but not least, our many drivers we sub contract completes the team.
We are a small tour operator with big enough capacity to handle from medium to large groups. You should say we are a family run business with great values ready to enrich the lives of tourist and industry partners alike.